James Maddison on Leicester City being the best club for young players
James Maddison on Leicester City being the best club for young players
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James Maddison on Leicester City being the best club for young players

Leicester City attacking midfielder James Maddison is of the belief that the Foxes have built a club that is ideal for youngsters who are growing in their game.

The Foxes had seven players under aged 23 or under in their first Premier League openers which has levelled them with Manchester United and Arsenal.

Maddison who is 22-years-old alongside Caglar Soyuncu (23), Ben Chilwell, Wilfred Ndidi, Youri Tielemans (all 22), Hamza Choudhury and Harvey Barnes (both 21) all featured against Wolves and Chelsea  - respectively.

Other youngsters such as Kelechi Iheanacho (22) and James Justin (21) have been on the bench, while Demarai Gray (23) and Filip Benkovic (22) are on the fringes of the squad.

Maddison further cited that Leicester is the club to play for if you are a young player and under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers who has been giving them opportunities to showcase their abilities. 

“There’s no better place for a young player to be at the minute,” he told Sky Sports.

“From our owner, Khun Top, to the manager, to the squad we’ve got, to the opportunities we get, to the quality we have in the squad, every box is ticked for a young player to do well here.

“All you need is opportunity, game-time and trust from your manager. All three boxes are ticked at Leicester City.

“It’s not a case of being young and having a bit of quality so you’ll play. You have to fight for your shirt, you have to keep your place, and that’s important.”

Mike Egerton / PA Ben Chilwell is another example of a youngster who has shown immense improvement and has gone on to be the first-choice defender in the England national team.

“The team always comes first,” said Chilwell.

“You want to play well personally for yourself – every time I step on the pitch I want to play well for myself and for my family – but playing well for yourself is going to benefit the team.

“The main goal for this season as a team is to try to finish as high as possible in the league and to try to have good cup runs.

“If I can play well and play a lot of football, as much as possible, then hopefully that can benefit the team. Then hopefully I’ll keep playing for England and solidify my place in that team.”

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